July 10, 2006
Center Valley, Pa. - Navy's Michael Niemi was selected as the 2006 Patriot League Men's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year and is one of 144 student-athletes on this year's academic honor roll, announced Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich Monday. Niemi is also one of seven student-athletes on this year's academic honor roll that posted at least a 4.00 grade-point average in the spring semester.
Niemi, an engineering major, owns a 3.94 cumulative grade-point average, which ranks him 27th academically in his class of 1,062 Midshipmen. The senior distance runner is Navy's first-ever recipient of the Patriot League Men's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
This season, Niemi took home gold in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championship and placed 11th at the NCAA East Regional in the same event. His career-best time in the steeplechase (9:08.07) was good enough for fourth place at the Penn Relays as Navy's highest finisher at the annual competition.
Other student-athletes who achieved a 4.00 or better GPA during the spring semester include: American's Jacob Shelly, Army's Dallin Rosdahl, Bucknell's Joshua Kaehler, Lafayette's Jonathan Rowe, Navy's Kraegen Bramer and John Kress.
To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and be awarded a varsity letter in one of the Patriot League's six winter or 10 spring championship sports.
A total of 971 student-athletes were named to the Patriot League's Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll, which includes the sports of men and women's basketball, men and women's swimming and diving, men and women's indoor track and field, baseball, golf, men and women's lacrosse, rowing, men and women's outdoor track and field, softball and men and women's tennis.